THE Victorian Government last week that announced that works on the $100 million Chandler Highway Upgrade project will start within months, after Seymour Whyte Constructions was awarded the contract for the project.
The project includes:
- Removing two major bottlenecks between Heidelberg Road and Yarrabend Park;
- Building a wider six-lane bridge over the Yarra River at Alphington;
- Improving cycling and pedestrian paths for a more direct and safer route to nearby trails; and
- Upgrading the Heidelberg Road intersection and new traffic lights at Yarra Boulevard.
The historic 127-year-old Chandler Highway Bridge will be converted to a shared user path for cyclists and pedestrians, while cyclists will also be able to cross the highway via a new underpass near Yarra Boulevard.
The project is expected to reduce travel times by 8 minutes during the AM peak and 13 minutes during the PM peak for more than 44,000 motorists that use it every day.
Construction is expected to start in May and be completed in mid-2018.